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Jorden Morris | Faculty

 

After retiring from the stage as a principal dancer, Jorden began to study and explore choreography. He spent a summer at New York University studying dance and theatre arts under the direction of Dr. Gregory Scott. During this time Jorden also worked with Claude Bessy and Serge Golovine from the Paris Opera, studying early French choreography.
 
In 1999 Jorden premiered his first work, The Three Musketeers for RWBS School Director David Moroni. A one act ballet depicting the classic Alexandre Dumas novel, the work was a major success and since has been remounted for RWB performances of Ballet in the Park.
 
In 2000, Jorden choreographed a short work for the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, Alabama. Elle est Quatre, set to the music of Aaron Copland was taken to the Birmingham Arts Festival after its premiere at ASFA. Jorden then set the work on RWB Aspirants for performances in Winnipeg.
 
Jorden was commissioned by Royal Winnipeg Ballet Artistic Director André Lewis to choreograph two works for the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 2000. Faure, a pas de deux and Pas Espagnol, a classical group piece for the RWB Professional Division, were performed for Her Majesty and broadcast nationally on CBC Television.
 
In 2002 Jorden took on the concept, direction and choreography of Head Start/Feet First. This project was collaboration between the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and four intercity junior/high schools. Jorden choreographed the popular work Free zone for this project as well as the finale, which incorporated 160 dancers on stage.
 
In 2003, Jorden took the popular children’s television show The Toy Castle and transformed it into an interactive live dance performance. Directed and choreographed by Jorden, the production incorporated a live host with live interactive dance for pre-school children. Since then, Jorden has re-staged the work for Atlanta Ballet in 2005. Jorden starred in the television series and was nominated for a Genie award in 2003. During the production of The Toy Castle, Jorden was also creating a classical work for the RWBS to celebrate the career of David Moroni, founding director of the RWB Professional Division. Jorden incorporated every student of the school in a 45 minute classical spectacle known as a Defilé. Sections of this work were also re-staged for Ballet in the Park.
 
In 2005, Jorden choreographed the Celtic themed ballet Deverell, which became his most popular and well known work. A favourite of critics and audiences, the piece was taken on tour throughout Manitoba and Ontario with Concert Hour Ballet.
 
Jorden has also choreographed the Salute to Vienna Concert series in 2005 and 2006. After the success of Jorden’s work on the Winnipeg 2005 series, his choreography was taken to Hamilton and Kitchener performances as well as Winnipeg in 2006.
 
In December of 2006, RWB presented the world premiere of Jorden’s full length classical ballet Peter Pan. The critically acclaimed work played to sold out houses over the Christmas season, making it the biggest box office success for the company to that point.
 
Jorden’s latest creation, Moulin Rouge – The Ballet had its world premiere in October 2009. Additional performances were added in Winnipeg and on tour due to box office demand for this one-of-a-kind production. Moulin Rouge –The Ballet ticket sales surpassed Peter Pan and it is now the company’s biggest box office success to date.

In the fall of 2010 Jorden re-staged Moulin Rouge –The Ballet for Atlanta Ballet and in 2011 Pittsburgh Ballet will present Peter Pan.

 

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